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Old 07-19-2008, 10:57 PM   #21
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I gotta interrupt this technical discussion to ask a very basic question:

Is there such a thing as a deck that doesn't require all of this hassle? Why build a deck instead of a concrete-foundation lanai or a gazebo?
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I've heard Trex decking doesn't require much if any care (recycled wood and plastic with a littel color added and made into 2x4s IIRC).
I haven't used the artificial wood for any decks or patios or whatever, but I have seen it in use. When we were out at Yellowstone Nat'l Park a few years ago, we went to watch the old geezer Old Faithful erupt. They have a deck/viewing platform that has to be about 1/4 mile long (or longer) and about 12' wide, and it's made of the artificial wood 5/4 planking. It looked very nice, and had a wood grain texture to it. No splintering or knot-holes either. As far as getting hot when the sun shines on it.....I'd say maybe slightly more than real wood, but not a lot.

If/when I do a new patio or deck I'll probably use that instead of real wood. I'm tired of the stain routine every few years on stuff. I want simplicity.
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:11 AM   #22
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My 14 year old cedar deck hasnt been stained in 5 years and it looks terrible. The stain is peeling on all the flat surfaces and the railing spindles dont look good either. I really dont want to stain it again. I built my dock/deck 3 years ago out of Trex and it looks the same now as when I built it. I'm thinking of redoing the deck with Trex, and maybe making it bigger.
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My 14 year old cedar deck hasnt been stained in 5 years and it looks terrible. The stain is peeling on all the flat surfaces and the railing spindles dont look good either. I really dont want to stain it again. I built my dock/deck 3 years ago out of Trex and it looks the same now as when I built it. I'm thinking of redoing the deck with Trex, and maybe making it bigger.
If it is peeling, it was put on too thick, as mentioned above. It should soak into the wood. Mine sort of wears away and fades some after 3-4 years.

Trex might still be a good option though, esp if you are going to change/add to it.

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I may have put in on too thick, and I remember it not soaking in very well when I did it. But now is a good time to change to Trex (next spring)
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